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Poor air quality canceling or relocating local high school sports games

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As of right now, North Medford High School is relocating its football games to Willamette High School. JV football begins at 4:00 p.m. and Varsity begins at 7:00 p.m.

Hidden Valley High School is relocating its football games to North Eugene High School. JV football begins at 4:00 p.m. and Varsity begins at 7:00 p.m.

Eagle Point High School vs. Ashland High School is relocating its football games to La Pine High School. JV football begins at 4:00 p.m. and Varsity begins at 7:00 p.m.

As smoke from a nearby wildfire clouds Southern Oregon, local sports teams are having to cancel or relocate games due to poor air quality.

Schools in the Rogue Valley ultimately want kids to be on the field and play games, however, they always need to prioritize student and staff safety. Athletic Director for Phoenix High School Dave Ehrhart says smoke from wildfires has become an annual situation.

“It’s disponing for the kids and the community, our band, our booster club, and all of the people that follow sports here, but they understand it,” says Ehrhart.

According to Oregon School Activities Association, if the air quality is above 150 AQI it’s not safe enough for outdoor sports to play. Phoenix High School says they will continue to monitor the air quality.

Athletic Director for St. Marys School Jamie Young says their school already has a poor air quality contingency program, meaning they already have plans to adjust practices indoors and adjust times.

“We’re in contact with the opposing athletic directors and administration and just try and work out the best possible plan so that most importantly we can keep kids playing. But doing that in the safest fashion possible,” says Young.

Young says they really want their students to play sports and get them on the field. Especially after what students have gone through for the past two years as well as coming off an interesting sports year because of Covid-19.

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Camryn joined NewsWatch 12 as a reporter/producer at the end of January, 2022.

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